The League of American Bicyclists released it's latest list of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) during Bike to Work Week. Not much in the area for BFC awards (Portsmouth, VA is Bronze!), but College Park did make the list of Honorable Mentions, joining Hagerstown from 2013.
Maryland moved up to #7 from #11 and Virginia dropped from #16 to #18 in Bike Leagues 2014 Bike Friendly States rankings announced last week.
Maryland moved up in part because of added bicycle education for police and bicycle safety emphasis in strategic highway safety planning. The League has some feedback for them, like recommendations that they drop the mandatory bike lane law, expand education efforts and spend more money on implementing the state's bike plan.
Virginia dropped because of decreased funding and lack of infrastructure. Among other things, the League recommends a anti-dooring law, a vulnerable road user law and Complete Streets policy.
DC does not get ranked in this, since they're ranked with other cities.
Gearin’ Up Bicycles will offer job training and education opportunities to youth and young adults from under-served communities at its location at 1200 Bladensburg Road NE.
Over the past 2 years, Gearin’ Up Bicycles has been teaching basic bicycle skills and safety onsite with partnering organizations. Gearin’ Up is very excited to expand programming by moving into their own space. Executive Director Katie Lupo noted “there is a need in Washington D.C. for both a used bicycle shop and additional opportunities for youth from under-served communities. Gearin’ Up Bicycles is excited to address both of these needs at our new location."
They're trying to raise $10,000, and have a little over a month to do so.
We have an awesome space and a multitude of bikes, but we need YOUR help setting up our shop! To get our space ready, we need $10,000 for capital and overhead costs associated with getting our space ready for our Earn-A-Bike and Workforce Development programs. Your donation will allow us to establish successful programs and get the funding mechanisms in place which will sustain us in the future. We have great perks in exchange for your contribution including koozies, pint glasses and T-shirts- all featuring the Gearin' Up logo. At higher-donation levels you can even receive a CUSTOM Gearin' Up bike!!
Click here to donate. I already got one of the pint glasses.
The theme is making mixed-use, transit-oriented developments bike friendly. Can Tysons become a bicycle-friendly community? We think it can, and we’ll explore the many challenges and opportunities for making Tysons and similar communities in Fairfax more bikeable. Additionally, vendors will have lots of interesting bikes and gear on display. Bike advocates and community leaders will have an opportunity to network and learn how to make Fairfax a better place.
The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch and other refreshments. Register online. A limited number of slots are available for the pre-summit workshop, Infrastructure Advocacy 101, that will be held from 9-9:45 a.m.
Fairfax County is undertaking a major transformation of Tysons in an effort to create a livable, walkable, automobile-independent community. Four new Silver Line Metro stations due to open in Tysons in 2014 are part of the foundation of that transformation.
The Summit conversation:
Importance of bicycling to the future of Tysons
Bicycle and transit integration
Access and encouragement for all
Bikes and business
Safety, law enforcement, and evaluation
Where to next for Fairfax biking?
The success of the Tysons transformation could influence transit-oriented developments across Fairfax County for the next 40 years. From Merrifield to Springfield, Huntington to Reston, bicycle-oriented transportation options must be integral parts of future developments.
The summit is staged by Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, in partnership with George Mason University, Fairfax County, and the city of Fairfax. If you are interested in volunteering or exhibiting at the summit, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there
WABA strongly supports the long-awaited completion of the Capital Crescent Trail. As long as the interim trail remains unpaved, with at grade-crossings and no connection into downtown Silver Spring, this section of the trail will continue to be underused and undervalued. We see how critical the portion of the CCT from Bethesda to Georgetown is because it is well-paved with grade separated crossings and connects two population hubs.